Cheap Airport Transfer Options in Istanbul

There are two main airports in Istanbul which are serving to millions of passengers for both domestic and international flights: Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Istanbul Airport.

Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located in the Asian side of Istanbul, within the Pendik district. The airport is named after Sabiha Gökçen, worlds first woman fighter pilot. Passengers can travel upto 44 domestic and 128 international destination from Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

Istanbul Airport on the other hand is located in the European side of Istanbul, next to the Black Sea coast, and just 35 kilometers away from the city center. The first phase of the project was opened in 2019 with a slogan of “The World’s Air Transport Hub “. Once the project completed, Istanbul Airport will host flights to more than 300 destinations with an annual capacity of 200 million passengers. Istanbul Airport is also known as the main base of the Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flag carrier airline company.

In this article; we summarized the cheapest methods of transfers to and from both Sabiha Gökçen and Istanbul Airports.

1) Cheap Airport Transfer to Istanbul Airport

Via Public Bus (Estimated Cost: 5,20 Turkish Lira)

Yellow Color Public Bus in Istanbul

There are 8 different public bus lines from different points of Istanbul to the Istanbul Airport. These public bus lines are operated by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. In general, public bus lines to the airports usually cost 2 full fares, which is equal to 5,20 Turkish Liras as of 2019.

Istanbul Airport is accessible via public buses numbered; H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, H-6, H-7 and H-8. Among these 8 lines, “H-2: Mecidiyeköy – İstanbul Airport” line is the most centrally located one because it’s literally in the center of Istanbul. Mecidiyeköy is an intersection point for the metro, metrobus and public bus lines of the city.Therefore H-2 is very convenient for tourists staying in hotels near the city center.

If you would like to see the full routes, schedules and names of the stops of all these 8 bus lines, you may follow the link below to reach the website of the Istanbul’s public bus company:

Via HAVAIST Shuttle (Estimated Cost: 16 to 30 Turkish Liras)

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If you want faster, more comfortable and yet still affordable airport transfer to the Istanbul Airport, than HAVAIST Shuttle Buses are the best option for you. With comfortable seats, air conditioning, USB and Wi-Fi connections, HAVAIST Buses makes airports transfers a little more bearable.

Via HAVAISt, you can easily transfer to and from the main locations of Istanbul such as Sultanahmet, Taksim, Kadıköy and Beşiktaş. Other stop name, schedule and fare information of all HAVAIST Shuttle lines are accessible via link below, in the offical website of HAVAIST.

2) Cheap Airport Transfer to Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Via Public Bus (Estimated Cost: 5,20 Turkish Lira)

Even though Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located in the Asian side of Istanbul, there are plenty of public bus lines from the city centers of both Asian and European sides of the city.

From European Side, bus lines listed below can be used to reach the Sabiha Gökçen Airport;

  • E3 – 4.Levent – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • 122H – 4.Levent – Yenişehir – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport;

From Asian Side, bus lines listed below can be used to reach the Sabiha Gökçen Airport;

  • E10 – Kadıköy – Kurtköy – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • E11 – Kadıköy – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • 16S – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport – Metrobus Uzuncayır
  • E9 – Bostancı – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • 130H – Deniz Harp Okulu – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • 132H – Pendik Train Station- Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Follow the link below to see the timetables and bus stop names of all the lines listed above.

Via HAVABUS Shuttle (Estimated Cost: 14 to 18 Turkish Liras)

HAVABUS Shuttle buses are providing airport transfer service to Sabiha Gökçen Airport. It is an affordable and convenient option to reach the airport. HAVABUS shuttles are operating to and from Taksim and Kadıköy districts of Istabul, which are the centers of European and Asian sides of Istanbul respectively.

From Taksim to Airport and from Airport to Taksim ticket price for one passenger is only 18 Liras. If you want to use the Kadıköy line, you will only have to pay 14 Liras.

For more information and to see the timetable of the shuttle buses, follow the link below:


How to Reach Istanbul Airport?

As of 6 April 2019, 02:00 Atatürk Airport will be closed to scheduled flights after the take-off of the Turkish Airlines last scheduled flight to Singapore. The new Istanbul Airport will start its operations for all scheduled flights by 6 April 2019 at 14:00.

After the completion of the moving process, all domestic and foreign airlines will start to serve their passengers at Istanbul Airport at full capacity starting from Sunday, April 7. Therefore, if you are planning to visit Istanbul soon and don’t want to find yourself in a difficult situation, you should learn about getting to and from the new Istanbul Airport. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below.

1) HAVAIST Shuttle Buses

Havaist Shuttle bus to new Istanbul Airport

Havaist is a new shuttle bus service provided by Municipality of Istanbul that will transfer passengers from Istanbul Airport to certain points in the city.

The services provided in Havaist are designed on the basis of passenger comfort; with a large distance between the seats, adjustable headrests and a high ceiling interior. Havaist uses 2018 model Euro6 buses with 46 seats. Each shuttle bus features TV screen and USB support on every seat. Wi-Fi connectivity is also available in Havaist shuttles which makes your transfer to/from airport a lot more convenient.

To find out more information about Havaist Shuttle schedules, trip fares and locations of the stops,you may follow the links below to reach official website of the Havaist.

2) Public Bus

Public bus going to the new Istanbul Airport

IETT public buses, which is a subsidiary of the Municipality of Istanbul, will also provide public bus service to and from the new Istanbul Airport. IETT bus lines H2, H3, H4 will provide the public bus service to the new Istanbul Airport in addition to the Havaist Shuttle buses. It is not as comfortable as the Havaist Shuttle service but it is cheaper alternative to it. To find out more information about the H2, H3 and H4 bus lines, please follow the links below:

3) Private Car

Istanbul Airport car parking area

Istanbul Airport is accessible by car and 18,000 vehicle capacity, multi-storey car park is available at the airport. Whether you are staying at the European or Asian side of the city, you can reach to the airport by using highways. You can see the map location of the Istanbul Airport and follow the link below to check out the route alternatives generated by the airport operator İGA.

4) Taxi

Bmw i3 Electric Taxi at Istanbul Airport

Taxi service will be provided at the Istanbul Airport 7 days a week. Within this scope, vehicles in 3 different segments will operate, black color E Segment, blue color D segment and orange color C segment taxis will carry passengers to and from the airport

Passengers wishing to use the taxi service will be able to find separately located main taxi stops in the International and Domestic Passenger Arrival sections of the Plaza Area. In addition, passengers can also use the taxi vehicles on the departure floor and other arrival floors.

Taxi is probably the most expensive transportation option to reach the new Istanbul airport. Although the taxi fare might change depending on the traffic and the route, approximate taxi fares for some of the central locations are as follows:

Taksim Square: 52,9 kilometers (130~140 TL)

Beşiktaş: 53,9 kilometers (130~140 TL)

Kadıköy: 64,8 kilometers (140~150 TL)

Sultanahmet: 63 kilometers (140~150 TL)

5) Metro (Coming Soon)

Metro lines which will connect the city center and the new Istanbul Airport are still under construction. Gayrettepe – Istanbul Airport metro is planned to start operating at the end of 2019. Also, Halkalı – Istanbul Airport metro line with 6 stations and 27 km length will be ready at the end of 2020.